Sixty years ago in 1951 there
was no racing except for Claiming Cars on Wednesday night at the New
London-Waterford Speedbowl. Jim Tourjee was the winner.
Fifty five years ago in 1956
Dick Beuregard, the guy everyone loved to hate, won the final
Saturday night Modified feature of the year at the New
London-Waterford Speedbowl, a 50 lapper. Lou Tetreault was the
non-Ford winner. The Speedbowl would shift to Sunday afternoons for
the remainder of the season.
Fifty years ago in 1961 Bob Hall
made it two in a row in dirt action at Stafford. Sam Mazzella was
the 25 lap Modified feature winner at the New London-Waterford
Speedbowl. Daring Dick Caso was the Bomber winner.
Forty five years ago in 1966,
Pete Corey continued to be the master on dirt at Stafford as he took
the Friday night win. Fred DeSarro driving his home built 327 Chevy
Sportsman mount won the Bay State 200 at Norwood Arena. Pete Corey
closed out the season at the Fonda Speedway with a win over Jeep
Herbert and Lou Lazzaro. The Utica-Rome Speedway also ran their
season finale with Kenny Shoemaker taking the win. Lazzaro finished
second with Jerry Cook, third. Sonny Seamon and Bill Wimble rounded
out the top five.
Forty years ago in 1971, the
Modifieds headed south to Martinsville for the Fall 100 on Saturday.
Fred DeSarro finally got one of the wins that he had always wanted
as he took a convincing win over Max Berrier and Jerry Cook. Jim
Hendrickson recorded his 18th win of the season at Islip on Saturday
night. Mousie Kempster finished second and was followed by Bugsy
Stevens and Jerry Cook. DeSarro made an all night ride pay off as he
made it to Stafford for a Sunday afternoon double point event, which
he won. Ray Miller finished second and was followed by Bugsy Stevens
and Jerry Cook. The Fulton Raceway wrapped up their season with a
200 lapper, which was won by Geoff Bodine. Richie Evans finished
second with Sonny Seamon, third. Paul Richardson was the
Supermodified winner at Thompson. Howie Brown finished second.
Donnie Bunnell made it two in a row as he out dueled Seabury Tripler
at the Waterford Speedbowl. Jerry Glaude finished third with Joe
Trudeau and Ed Yerrington rounding out the top five.
Thirty-five years ago in 1976,
the Modifieds were at Martinsville for a 150 lapper. Geoff Bodine
took the win over Richie Evans, Paul Radford and John Bryant. Bob
Polverari won a 100 lap Open Competition event at the Waterford
Speedbowl. Bob Gada was the Grand Americal-Late Model winner at the
shoreline oval. At Thompson on Sunday, Ronnie Bouchard got the best
of Bodine as he won the 30-lap contest. Maynard Troyer finished
third and was followed by Eddie Flemke, Ray Miller and Fred DeSarro.
Thirty years ago in 1981, Stafford ran a special event on Saturday
night for the recently displaced SNYRA Modifieds from Danbury. Sixty
cars were on hand and it was Rit Patchen taking the win over Art
Davis and Lou Funk. Shangri-La ran their season ender with Richie
Evans taking the win over Doug Hewitt and Dick Clark. Oxford Plains
ran a modified special on Sunday and it was Bugsy Stevens taking the
win over Reggie Ruggiero and Billy Clarke. In Winston Cup action at
Martinsville, Darrell Waltrip took the win. Saturdays Busch
Grandnational event was won by Geoff Bodine
Twenty five years ago in 1986,
the Winston Modified Tour was at Shangri-La for a 150 lapper. Jim
Spencer took the win over Jan Leaty, Geoff Bodine, Mike Mclaughlin,
George Kent and Corky Cookman. Waterford ran on Sunday with Richie
Gallup taking the win over Rick Donnelly. Rusty Wallace took the
Winston Cup win at Martinsville. Pole sitter Geoff Bodine, finished
Twenty years ago in 1991, the
Monadnock Speedway ran on Friday night with Ed Kennedy taking the
win over John Zavisa. Saturday night was the original Legends Night
at Waterford. Veteran Jerry Pearl took the Modified feature but the
night belonged to Ed Moody who won the Legends race over Charlie
Webster. Shangri La ran a 150 on Saturday night which saw Jamie
Tomaino take the win over John Preston. Also on Saturday night was
the Tony Jankowiac Memorial which was won by Doug Hevron. Lancaster
ran the US Open on Sunday with Reggie Ruggiero taking the win over
Jeff Fuller, George Kent and Jan Leaty. In Winston Cup action at
Martinsville, Harry Gant made it four in a row.
Fifteen years ago in 1996,
despite being bounced out of the feature by the Connecticut DMV for
rough riding, Jim Broderick sewed up the Waterford Modified Track
Championship with a 15th place finish. During the event, Broderick
and Ted Christopher crashed each other with each blaming each other.
Christopher was also bounced. David Gada was the eventual winner
with Jeff Pearl coming in second and Bob Potter, third. Thompson ran
a 300 lapper for the Busch North Series on Sunday. Jeff Fuller took
the lead on lap 183 and held it until the rains came and ended the
event on lap 213. Mike Stefanik ended up second with Brad Leighton,
third. In Winston Cup action at Martinsville, Jeff Gordon took the
win with Terry Labonte, second. The following Tuesday, Sept.24, it
was announced that the following weeks event at Riverside Park had
been cancelled as promoter Ben Dodge had been released from his
position after an alleged dispute with the track owner.
Ten years ago in 2001 Thursday
night racing at Thompson was cancelled due to rain. Ted Christopher
was declared the NASCAR New England Regional Champion by six points.
Christopher, who won 15 of the 18 events run at Thompson was also
declared the National Champion and would receive $160,000 from the
point fund. Christopher moved on to Stafford on Friday night where
he recorded his 59th win at the ½ mile oval. Eric Berndt finished
second with Chuck Docherty, Jeff Malave and Darren Menditto rounding
out the top five. At Waterford on Saturday night, Dennis Gada took
the win with Eric Berndt again the bridesmaid. Ron Yuhas finished
third with Ed Reed Jr. fourth. With the World Trade Center in New
York destroyed by the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Stafford Speedway
announced that no coolers or backpacks would be allowed inside the
Five years ago in 2006, The
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour was at the Waterford Speedbowl. On and
off rain on Saturday plus fog and rain on Sunday forced NASCAR and
the Waterford Speedbowl management to announce the cancellation of
the event. The Town Fair Tire Finale, including Sunday’s Whelan
Modified Tour Volunteer Fire Department 150 was rescheduled for
Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7-8.
The Thompson Speedway was the scene of fever pitch competition
despite the fact that temperatures took a dive once the sun went
down. Bert Marvin of Waterford, CT was declared the winner in the
Sunoco Modified division. Les Rose, Jr. of E. Wareham, MA won the
Pro Stock battle but Jeff Zuidema of N. Brookfield, MA won the war
as he clinched the divisional championship. A pair of “Most Popular
Drivers” scored victories with Marc Palmisano of Hadley, MA taking
Late Model honors and Larry Barnett of Ledyard, CT claiming the
Limited Sportsman feature win. Scott Michalski of S. Killingly, CT
was tops in the Mini Stocks and Kurt Vigeant in the TIS Modifieds.
Bert Marvin crossed the line second at the conclusion of the Sunoco
Modified feature event but came home with the victory. In post race
technical inspection, apparent winner Jimmy Blewett of Howell, NJ
was disqualified for an illegal transmission. Blewett’s car, owned
by Eddie Partridge, was using a racing type transmission that is
illegal at Thompson but is considered ok at other tracks. Marvin
bested a strong field of 26-Modifieds that included two drivers
vying for the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series regional championship-Jeff
Malave and Woody Pitkat. A mere six points separated Woody Pitkat
and Jeff Malave atop the Sunoco Modified point standings; however, a
dismal night for Malave gave Pitkat some breathing room entering the
final Thursday night that would feature double features for the
Marvin and Keith Rocco brought the field to green; however, the
action was short-lived when on lap one the action was slowed for an
incident that resulted in front-end damage on point leader Pitkat’s
machine. Pitkat was slammed broadside by another competitor as he
entered turn one. He made a remarkable save and was able to keep his
car from hitting the wall. Suffering a flat left front tire, Pitkat
was able to continue after service from his pit crew, rejoining the
field in the 23rd position.
Marvin led Rocco and a charging Jimmy Blewett on the restart.
Blewett drove by Rocco and into the second position. Malave passed
Buddy Charette for fourth and a single lap later took third from
Rocco. Ricky Shawn led the second group of cars that included Tommy
Cravenho and Todd Ceravolo. By lap 10, Pitkat was solidly into the
top-ten. Pitkat passed Charette on lap 11. Meanwhile, Shawn had
fallen to the challenges of Cravenho and Ceravolo. Rocco had slipped
by to the fifth position. The leader, Marvin, hit heavy lapped
traffic by the halfway marker. Malave began to pressure Blewett for
the second spot. Exiting turn four of lap 18, Malave was second.
Blewett tried in vain to catch Malave but got out of shape, in the
process falling into the clutches of Cravenho. Pitkat was pressuring
Rocco for seventh when the caution flew on lap 21 for a spin by
Charette. The restart pitted Marvin and Malave followed by Blewett
and Cravenho in row two. Marvin got a great restart to retain his
spot at the head of the pack. Blewett gave Malave a run but had to
settle in for third. Contact between Cravenho and Ceravolo from
third and fourth sent cars scattering. Pitkat managed to maneuver
his way through the mess. Ceravolo and Dan LaJeunesse sustained
heavy damage. Evidently LaJeunesse doesn’t see past his hood and his
spotter wasn’t paying attention. LaJunesse was running wide open
when he hit Ceravolo on the driver’s side. The impact broke the
car’s rear end and sheared off the left front suspension assembly.
The top-five for the restart were Marvin, Malave, Blewett, Pitkat
and Rocco. Again it was Marvin getting the edge. Contact between
Malave and Blewett sent Malave into the marbles and losing two
spots, one to Blewett and rival Pitkat. Blewett drove by Marvin for
the lead on lap 23. The caution flew on lap 25 for a spin by Pitkat.
Malave was sent to the tail for his involvement in the incident.
Blewett led the charge to the restart flag with Marvin in tow. Keith
Rocco drilled Ricky Shawn who was in third spot and subsequently
sent Shawn spinning. Both Malave and Pitkat were involved in the
incident. Malave headed to pit road with heavy right front damage.
Pitkat was able to continue. Malave was out for the night. Blewett
sailed out to the lead on the restart with five laps remaining.
Marvin had his hands full with Rocco while Charette had to contend
with Pitkat. Over the final laps, Blewett stretch his lead
apparently coming home with his third win of the season. Marvin was
able to turn his dismal luck around with a runner-up finish turned
feature victory. Rocco was credited with a second-place finish over
Charette, Pitkat, and Brian Tagg inside the top-five. Pitkat was
named Sunoco Modified “Most Popular Driver”.
The Stafford Springs Motor Speedway closed out their Friday night
Dodge Racing Series with all division championships not decided.
Frank Ruocco maintained his SK Modified points lead with his first
feature win of the 2006 season, Mark Lewis picked up his first
career win in the Late Model feature, but it will be a two-man race
for the championship as Woody Pitkat and Jim Peterson are tied for
the points lead. Brit Andersen was the winner of the SK Light
feature, which propelled him into a 4-way tie with Chris Matthews,
Richie Pallai, Jr., and Shelly Perry for the points lead heading
into the CARQUEST Fall Final. Andrew Durand was the winner of the
Limited Late Model feature event, but Kevin Gambacorta will head
into the CARQUEST Fall Final with a 10-point lead over George Nocera,
Jr. Jeff Jolly collected his second DARE Stock feature win of the
2006 season, but Norm Sears' third place finish gives him a 50-point
lead, meaning that he only has to start the DARE Stock feature
during CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend to become the track champion.
In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, SK Modified® points leader Frank
Ruocco, of Cheshire, chose the best time to pick up his first
feature victory of the 2006 season. Ruocco quickly worked his way
into second place, and then bided his time behind Chris Jones before
taking the lead for the first time on lap-22. Ruocco had to contend
with a hard charging Willie Hardie in the closing laps, but Ruocco
was able to hold Hardie off to the checkered flag. Hardie finished
second, with Woody Pitkat, Jones, and Ted Christopher rounding out
the top-5. Ruocco held an 18-point lead over Willie Hardie, 586-568.
Both Eric Berndt and Todd Owen were 50 points behind. All other
drivers were eliminated from championship contention.
In other weekend racing John Blewett III sewed up the track title at
the Wall Township Speedway and David Darling sewed up the Pro Stock
title at Seekonk.
Clint Boyer won the Busch Series event at Dover Downs while Jeff
Burton won the Nextel Cup event.
Last year, 2010, The NASCAR
Whelen Modified Tour Series traveled to Loudon, NH for the F.W. Webb
100 which carried a race purse of $166,513. Thirty five Modifieds
were on hand for practice and qualifying. NASCAR Sprint Cup
competitor Ryan Newman won the Coors Light Pole Award with a speed
of 129.300 mph. Second fastest and taking the outside pole was Todd
Szegedy who went 127.816mph. Third through fifth were Ryan Preece,
Bobby Santos JR and Ed Flemke Jr. Rounding out the top ten were Mike
Stefanik, Chuck Hossfeld, Eric Goodale, Erick Rudolph and defending
race winner Ron Silk.
Ryan Newman didn't do the Whelen Modified Tour Series any favors as
he won the FW Webb 100 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. For the
most part Newman had the field covered as it looked they regular
tour runners were racing for second place. Jimmy Blewett, who
triggered a big wreck on lap 37 that eliminated Ted Christopher, Ed
Flemke Jr and Jamie Tomaino, provided some last lap drama as he made
an unsuccessful run at Newman. Blewett ended up second. It was a big
day point wise for Mike Stefanik. Stefanik finished third and closed
to within two points of series leader Bobby Santos III. Stefanik was
in the hunt all day but had nothing for Newman. Doug Coby made a
remarkable run as he came from starting dead last to finish fourth.
Coby also had a shot at Newman on the final restart but fell short.
Rounding out the top five was Ron Silk. Sixth through tenth were
Dale Quarterly, Chuck Hossfeld, Eric Goodale, Joe Hartmann and
Rookie sensation Richie Pallai Jr.
There were 16 changes involving 6 drivers which made for much
excitement on the track they call the magic mile. There were seven
cautions for 28 laps. The first yellow was displayed on lap seven
when Glen Reen and Rowan Pennink spun and crashed in turn two.
Pennink was all done for the day after the incident. The second
caution flew on lap 28 when James Civali spun the Roger Hill No. 79
in turn four. Civali had handling issues all day as he finished in
17th spot. The third caution was for Rob Summers and Andy Seuss who
wrecked on the front stretch. The fourth caution was one of the
biggest wrecks of the day which was triggered when Jimmy Blewett got
into Ed Flemke Jr in turn four. Blewett drove away while Mike and
Ted Christopher along with Kevin Goodale , Richard Savory and Justin
Bonsignore were eliminated. Flemke continued on for 20 more laps
before calling it a day in 26th spot. The fifth caution was
displayed on lap 66 when Jake Marosz spun in turn two. George
Brunnhoelzl III and Rene' Dupuis spin on lap 92 brought out the
sixth caution and the seventh and final caution was brought out when
Ryan Preece and Bobby Santos made contact between turns three and
four which resulted in both taking a hard shot into the wall which
eliminated them as well as Glen Reen. Santos was credited with 19th
spot in the final rundown. Preece ended up 20th and Reen, 21st.
Thursday night Thunder Racing at the Thompson Speedway was cancelled
due to a forecast of heavy rain and high winds for northeast
Connecticut. Mother Nature handed NASCAR Whelen All-American
division championships to Sunoco Modified driver, Ted Christopher
and Mini Stock driver, Chuck Rogers. Both Christopher and Rogers had
built up enough track points to clinch their crowns before the final
points race on September 26th.
The Stafford Speedway was back in action with its final Friday night
program. Ryan Preece outdueled Woody Pitkat to score his first
career SK Modified® feature victory in the 40-lap SK Modified®
feature, Ryan Posocco scored his fourth win of 2010 in the 30-lap
Late Model feature, Tommy Barrett, Jr. scored his 10th win of 2010
in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, George Nocera, Jr., won his
second consecutive feature of 2010 in spectacular fashion by
crossing the start/finish line sideways in the 20-lap Limited Late
Model feature, and Jeff Jolly scored his third win of the 2010
season in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.
In action on the Connecticut shoreline at the Waterford Speedbowl
defending division champion Ron Yuhas Jr. took the lead on the 18th
lap and was able to keep it on four separate restarts to take the
checkered flag in Saturday's 35-lap SK-Modified feature. Yuhas was
pressured by some of the division's top drivers, including national
champion and current division leader Keith Rocco, Rob Janovic Jr.,
Todd Ceravolo and Tyler Chadwick, but was able to pull out the win,
holding off a late charge by Rocco, who finished second. Tucker
Reynolds Jr. was third, followed by Joe Perry and Jeff Pearl.
Other winners on Saturday were Bill Leonard (Mini Stocks), Anthony
Flannery (Legends) and Corey Coates (A.B. CDL Trucks).
Clint Boyer won the Sprint Cup race at Loudon. His car failed a
follow-up inspection and he was penalized 150 points. Bowyer led a
race-high 177 laps, lost the lead to Tony Stewart, but stretched his
final tank of gas 92 laps to win the race when Stewart ran out of
fuel right before the final lap. The victory snapped an 88-race
winless streak for Bowyer.
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